table saw fence dilemma
I'm sure you guys have heard this question before - I searched the forum to try and find som answers before posting, but didn't come up with much, so here goes:
I have a cheap table saw. I don't know the exact model, but it's a Craftsman bench-top style saw that sits on a very simple four-legged stand, very basic. I bought it used off of Craigslist and paid $85 for it. From what I can tell, it seems to be a decent enough tool as these things go, but, like most inexpensive saws, the rip fence is beyond abysmal in quality. It is basically useless.
The obvious solution to this problem is an aftermarket rip fence system. However, all of the ones I've seen online start at around $300, over 3 times what I paid for my saw.
There are tons of videos on YouTube, etc., that show how to build your own rip fence, but they all involve working with metal, but I don't weld or do anything like that, so I can't really go that route.
So here are my questions:
1. Is there some kind of "middle ground" here that I haven't found yet, like a decent aftermarket fence system that doesn't cost so much as to make it ridiculous to put it on a cheap saw?
2. If I did decide I could spend up to $300 to solve this problem, should I go for a good aftermarket fence or maybe look at a better saw that comes with a decent fence (if such a thing could be had for $300 or less)?
3. Are there any other solutions here that I haven't thought of?
Thanks so much for your help.
Last edited by woodpig; 02-09-2015 at 09:34 AM.